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I think we think a lot less than we think we think.

Background Information

I've been writing since I could hold a pencil.  And if I don't write for a while, I get ornery and disagreeable.  So I don't really write by choice; it's more of a need.  I don't write, though, simply to vent; I write each piece for the reader.  I hope that each reader finishes my books not just satisfied, but also intrigued by some new idea or tidbit of information contained within the story.

I didn't start writing books until my second child was born.  (Before that, I wrote scripts and articles for clients.)  Since then, some 20 years ago, I've published over a dozen books, beginning with non-fiction (STEPMOTHERS, BIRTHMOTHERS) and humor (I LOVE HIM, BUT..., I LOVE HER, BUT..., PLEASE DON'T KISS ME AT THE BUS STOP, IF SHE WEREN'T MY BEST FRIEND, I'D KILL HER, and AMERICA'S DUMBEST DATES.)

Lately, I've been writing suspense/mysteries, which I like because I see them as a paradigm for life.  Life itself is, after all, a suspense story.  We never know what will happen when or where.  We all face hurdles and struggle to survive.  Mystery/suspense translates that process into story form.  The villain/crime is the hurdle.  The solution is survival.  This is, I think, why the genre has such lasting appeal: everyone can relate to it.  We all feel vicarious relief and triumph when the evil-doer is taken down and "normal" life restored.  For a while.

All my books deal with relationships.  My characters deal with humdrum real life--paying bills, taking care of the house, dealing with a romantic partner, having kids and friends and parents, etc.--even in the face of menacing danger or havoc. 

The Zoe Hayes mysteries (THE NANNY MURDERS, THE RIVER KILLINGS, THE DEADLY NEIGHBORS, THE BORROWED AND BLUE MURDERS) is no longer out of print; all four are being converted to ebooks and to print on demand via CreateSpace. 

SUMMER SESSION, the first in a new series, is available now, and its sequel will be released in 2012. 

I am a proud member of the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America and The Philadelphia Liars Club.

What else?  Do you have questions?  Comments?  Feedback on books or other things?  Let me know.  I'd love to hear from you, and you can contact me via my website, listed below.







Birth Place
Chicago, IL USA

MA in Communication from the Annenberg School, U of Pennsylvania. BA from Cornell University.

Additional Information

The Nanny Murders and The River Killings are available now on Kindle, Nook, Smashwords. POD versions will be available soon. SUMMER SESSION, the first in a new mystery series is now available (Severn House.) It features a new heroine, Harper Jennings, an Iraq war vet who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as she copes with a new marriage, continues her education, and tries to figure out why people all around her are dying.

Favorite Links
This is my personal website. It lists my books and my appearances, runs my blog, allows contact from readers. Visit me there!
We are thirteen Philadelphia based writers who are committed to supporting literacy, books, reading and writing. We have events at bookstores and libraries, conduct fundraisers, coffeehouses and workshops. We are creating an anthology of short stories to be released in fall, 2011, to raise funds for literacy groups and to help with medical bills for a member stricken with cancer. We are also conducting an on-line auction. Visit the site for details.

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